New Year’s celebrations and more: 6 things to do in Georgetown, Dec. 28-Jan. 1

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End 2018 on a high note with these events in and around Georgetown this weekend.

FRIDAY

Paint polar bears
Learn to paint a polar bear on ice skates at Paint With Me Kimberly Keller. Snacks and art supplies will be provided. Reservation needed. 1:30-3:30 p.m. $35 for one, $60 for two. 2534 Shell Road, Georgetown. 512-635-7936. https://www.facebook.com/events/316523192286369/

SATURDAY

Celebrate ‘Noon Year’s’ at the library
The Georgetown Public Library hosts a Noon Year’s Eve celebration. There will be a dance party and snacks as the party counts down to noon. There is no age restriction. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St., Georgetown. 512-930-3551. https://library.georgetown.org/events-calendar

MONDAY

Ring in the new year at Gumbo’s on the Square
The Gumbo’s New Year’s Eve party features an Elvis Presley tribute with Mr. Thrill. The downtown restaurant recommends attendees make reservations in advance. 9 p.m.-midnight. Free. 701 S. Main St. 512-943-4214. www.gumbosnorth.com

Brix and Ale offer New Year’s Eve dinner
Enjoy a three-course meal at Brix and Ale for New Year’s Eve. Seared halibut, hanger steak, lobster tail and braised short ribs are on the menu. Reservations are strongly recommended. There will also be live music playing at Jack’s Lounge by Kate Elizabeth Band until midnight. 5-10 p.m. $75. Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center, 1101 Woodlawn Ave. 737-444-2750. www.brixandalegtx.com

TUESDAY

Bike ride through San Gabriel Park
Up for a casual bike ride? The CapTex Cruisers Social hosts a New Year’s Day ride in San Gabriel Park. Riders should bring their own lights, helmet and hydration. Noon. Free. San Gabriel Park, 445 E. Morrow St., Georgetown. www.facebook.com/events/303290630393202

WORTH THE TRIP

Balloon Fest, Fredericksburg (all weekend)
Fredericksburg Hot Air Balloon Festival and Polo Match brings a weekend of events. Weather permitting, Friday night and Saturday morning and night will include glows and tethered rides. There will also be a hot air balloon launch Saturday morning around daybreak. Fri. 4 p.m.-Sun. 2 p.m. $5-$1,400. 6120 E. US 290, Fredericksburg. 512-953-9428. https://victorycup.org/fredericksburg

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Ali Linan
Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.
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